Visiting 20-21


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What you need to know:

20-21 Visual Arts Centre is open to the public following our closure during lockdown. Entry is still free, but we have made some important changes which are detailed here. The health and safety of our visitors is our first priority, and we can’t wait to welcome you back.


Opening hours

Following our reopening we have returned to our regular schedule of opening five days per week (we are closed on Sundays and Mondays).

Opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday 10am-4pm.

Visitor information:

General Visits

Entry is free.

Only a limited number of people are allowed into our galleries in order to maintain 2m social distancing, so you may have to wait outside for a short time before being allowed in. Our staff will be there at the entrance to direct you and explain the new safety measures that are in place.

In line with Government requirements, visitors to 20-21 must wear face coverings.

You will be asked to sanitise your hands as you enter the building and to register your contact details to assist with the NHS Test and Trace scheme. For more information on Test and Trace visit

If there is a queue outside the building, please observe social distancing while you wait.

Once inside the building, you can stay for up to one hour.

Shielded Bookings

Shielded bookings are currently paused. They will restart for a period once our next exhibition has been installed.

Please watch this space for announcements concerning the restarting of shielded bookings. Or alternatively follow us on social media or sign up for our newsletter to be informed of the next batch of shielded booking dates as they go live.



The 20-21 Café is open, serving a reduced menu.

The 20-21 Shop is open.

Our Accessible toilet and baby changing facility will be available for public use. Wipes will be provided for members of the public to wipe down surfaces before use.

Our toilet facilities will be cleaned hourly by staff.

There will be no ARTivity table. However we are creating free take away packs of activities to do at home. Glue sticks, scissors etc can be purchased at the gallery shop.


Safety at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre

From 1 August, visitors must wear face coverings.

Use sanitising points on entering and before leaving the building.

We’ve implemented one-way circulation throughout the building.

Social distancing measures will apply. Please keep two metres apart from other visitors (members of the same social bubble are allowed to walk together).

Avoid contact with people or surfaces during your visit

Our toilet facilities will be cleaned hourly and any queues will be managed by members of staff.

We look forward to seeing you!



20-21 is fully accessible to pushchairs and wheelchairs.

There are parking spaces for blue badge holders in front of Church Square House.

For further information about access issues at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre please contact us using our online form or call 01724 297070.

Access Statement PDF 252kb

Free WiFi

There’s free fast wifi throughout 20-21 Visual Arts Centre. Feel free to use it to share your visit on Social Media. Make sure you tag us in your posts. We love to see your comments and photographs. Just look for NLC-Guest on your available WiFi connections, and register, or just sign in if you’ve registered in another North Lincolnshire Council public building.

Getting Here

20-21 is in the former St John’s Church situated in Church Square, between the end of Scunthorpe High Street, and Brigg Road. The entrance to the centre is in Church Square, in the new building to the right of the church clock tower.

Car icon Visiting by car

Exit the M180 at junction 4. Follow the signs to A18 (Scunthorpe) and then the A1029 (Brigg Road). Limited free short stay parking spaces (one hour maximum) are available adjacent to the church building in the High Street (Sat Nav postcode: DN15 6TB).

There is also a pay and display car park on Carlton Street (Sat Nav postcode: DN15 6TA). This car park is a five minute walk from 20-21. Once you’ve parked, exit the car park and turn right. Walk down to the end of Carlton Street. This brings you out into Church Square.  Look to your right and you will see 20-21 Visual Arts Centre.

North Lincolnshire Council car parks in Scunthorpe offer up to two hours parking for free and are free of charge all day Saturday. When taking advantage of the two hours free parking a free pay and display ticket must be obtained from the ticket machine and displayed in your vehicle.

The nearby Parishes multi-storey car park is free after 2pm during the week. For more information visit North Lincolnshire Council’s parking information pages.

Parking for disabled badge holders is available adjacent to the library at the end of Carlton Street (Sat Nav Postcode DN15 6TA) and adjacent to Church Square House on High Street East (Sat Nav Postcode DN15 6NL).

Train IconVisiting by train

20-21 Visual Arts Centre is a 15 minute walk from Scunthorpe railway station. Exit the station and turn right. Walk along Station Road until you come to a pedestrian crossing. Cross the road here and continue along Station Road until you come to Carlton Street, on your left. Turn into Carlton Street and walk down to the bottom of this road until you get to Church Square. Look to your right and you will see 20-21 Visual Arts Centre.

Regular hourly cross-country express and local Northern Rail services run to Scunthorpe on the Transpennine Express route between Manchester and Cleethorpes with high-speed connections to London and the North East via the East Coast Mainline at Doncaster.

Bus IconVisiting by bus

20-21 is a five minute walk from Scunthorpe bus station, through a pedestrian area. Exit the bus station via Jubilee Walk, between Wilkinson’s and BHS. Walk through The Foundry’s covered shopping arcade. Turn right after Westgate Department Store and continue ahead into Church Square. You will see 20-21 ahead of you.

There are regular bus services between Hull, Barton and Scunthorpe.

More information on the Humber services can be found on the  Stagecoach and East Yorkshire Buses websites.

Bicycle-52 Visiting by Bicycle

Scunthorpe is connected to the National Cycle Network via routes 1 and 169. From the railway station follow the cycle lane east along Station Road, and turn left onto Carlton Street at the second set of traffic lights. Head to the end of Carlton Street and across Church Square to the right. 20-21 Visual Arts Centre entrance is next to the Church Building. There is a cycle rack adjacent to the building entrance.

For a map of cycle routes in Scunthorpe, and further information about cycling in North Lincolnshire visit

Terms and conditions

  • 20-21 cannot accept responsibility for unaccompanied children who are not attending book-in activities
  • parents are welcome to attend book-in activities
  • the programme may be subject to additions or alterations

Please note

  • We do not allow food or drink in the exhibition spaces.
  • For the safety of visitors and artworks, we do not allow running in the gallery.
  • Climbing or walking on any of the building’s architectural features is not permitted.
  • Touching the artworks is not allowed unless stated otherwise.
  • We are a family friendly venue and visitors that are acting in a disruptive way or using unsuitable/abusive language will be asked to leave.
  • We encourage parents/carers to visit with their children. 20-21 cannot accept parental responsibility for unaccompanied children.
  • Non-commercial photography is allowed in the gallery unless we specifically stated otherwise. If in any doubt ask a gallery assistant, or contact us in advance on 01724 297070.
  • For enquiries about commercial photography and filming please contact us on 01724 297070 or via the email form.

Donations for free activities are gratefully received.

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